Weekend Guide: Watch the world’s best bike polo at Magnuson Park

The World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships is under way at Magnuson Park. They are broadcasting games live online (see above), but it’s way better in person. Definitely head down and check out the action as teams with names like Moose Commando Squad, Never Nudes and Ass Whole Hearted compete for polo glory.

And, of course, make sure you let the Portland teams know they suck.

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the weekend, from the WHBPC website:

Friday 9/9
10:00 am – 12:30 pm WHBPC Swiss Rounds (5): Morning Bracket
20 teams, 12 minute games
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm WHBPC Swiss Rounds (5): Afternoon Bracket
20 teams, 12 minute games
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm WHBPC Swiss Rounds (5): Evening Bracket
20 teams, 12 minute games
Saturday 9/10
10:00 am – 6:30 pm WHBPC Swiss Rounds (5)
60 teams, 15 minute games
Sunday 9/11
10:00 am – 5:00 pm WHBPC Double Elimination
32 teams, 15 minute games
20 minute semis
30 minute final(s)
3:00 pm Bike Works youth polo exhibition match
WHBPC After Party – TBD

Neighborhood Greenways Meetup Wednesday

OK, not a weekend event exactly, but I wanted to get this on your radar so you can let them know you’re coming. It’s turning into quite an event, with speakers, a Q&A and even a potluck dinner. The meeting will be September 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Mosaic Coffeehouse in Wallingford (which, BTW, is a very cool place with a neat community model).

So if you want to get involved with existing groups, start a new one in your neighborhood or just learn more and help however you can, you should go!

Details from the Facebook event (be sure to RSVP there, too):

This’ll be a great opportunity to network with and learn from other neighborhood organizers working to build Neighborhood Greenways in Seattle. Whether you’re interested in getting safe bikeways in your own neighborhood and wondering where to start – or just interested in learning about this emerging grassroots movement in Seattle – you are invited to join us!

– 6:30-7:15: Potluck dinner
– 7:15-7:35: Neighborhood Greenways updates by neighborhood organizers from Beacon Hill, University District, Wallingford and Ballard
– 7:35-7:50: Guest speaker (and accomplished North Beacon Hill community organizer) Frederica Merrell on Beacon BIKES’s work and the keys to success in organizing a Neighborhood Greenways effort.
– 7:50-8:15: Q & A/Discussion
– 8:15-8:30: Closing thoughts by Sally Bagshaw (Seattle City Council)

– Bring a dish or desert of your choice to share.
– Sorry, but alcoholic beverages are not permitted by our venue.
– If you wish, please consider buying a drink from the non-profit coffee shop to thank them for providing our space at no charge.

Bike MS ride in Skagit and Whatcom counties

Bike MS is a large ride going on this weekend in Skagic and Whatcom counties to help raise money to fight multiple sclerosis. Info from Bike MS:

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter will hold its Bike MS Ride and fundraiser, presented by Point B, on September 10 and 11, one of three rides taking place in three states. As many as 2,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the two-day ride which starts and finishes in Mount Vernon, and travels through Skagit, Island and Whatcom Counties.

The Chapter’s goal is to raise over $2.12 million Chapter-wide to support programs and services for the more than 12,000 people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and 72,000 others affected by MS including family, friends and caregivers throughout Alaska, Montana and in 23 counties in Western and Central Washington. Donations will support cutting-edge research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system, and help people with MS live healthier, more independent lives.

More than a fundraiser, the breathtaking scenery, solid personal challenge, energizing spirit, and unparalleled support make Bike MS Ride the best cycling event in the Northwest.  There are a couple of route options to satisfy the serious rider or the beginner, and the National MS Society offers fundraising support and training resources.

What did I miss? Be sure to add anything else in the comments.

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